Historic Flight For London City Airport

29th September 2009

British Airways has today launched the first longhaul flight from London City Airport – an exclusive, all-business service to New York

Two uniquely configured Airbus A318s will fly twice daily on the new
route, which links the hearts of the world’s two biggest financial
centres.

The historic launch flight bears British Airways’ most prestigious flight
number, BA001, formerly used by Concorde.

Customers on the new service will be the first to be able to send emails,
texts and use the internet via an in-flight mobile communications service,
provided by OnAir.

For increased convenience customers can check-in for their flight from
London City just 15 minutes before departure.

In addition, when they land at JFK Airport, they will be treated as
domestic arrivals having already cleared US customs and immigration during
a brief refuelling stop at Shannon Airport in the west of Ireland.

The new service features 32 fully flat beds in a cabin specially designed
to feel spacious and contemporary.

Willie Walsh, British Airways’ chief executive said: “Our long tradition
of delivering world-beating and innovative new services continues with the
launch of this unique route.

“For the first time, the City has a tailor-made premium service to New
York on its doorstep offering the most productive possible use of time for
business people travelling between the two great financial districts.”

Richard Gooding, chief executive of London City Airport, said: “Providing
long haul services for the first time out of London City is a major
milestone in the history of the airport.

“New York is the most demanded destination not currently served from
London City. The new route is a key growth opportunity for us and
demonstrates the premium nature of London City Airport.”

To underline the premium status of the new service, in-flight dining has
been developed in partnership with Roast restaurant, based at London’s
Borough Market, to draw upon their expertise in creating menus that
feature the best of British produce and regional specialities.

Arriving customers will also be able to enjoy complimentary Health Club
access at the London Marriott, West India Quay to freshen up before
heading into their office or continuing their journey.

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